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Sugarcane changes the temperature of local climate, Stanford researchers say

Fields of sugarcane lower the air temperature compared with fields of soybeans, maize or pasture, according to a study involving Stanford researchers. They made the discovery working with satellite data of the Brazilian Cerrado, a tropical savanna where sugarcane, increasingly grown for biofuel, is displacing other agriculture. But the benefit to local climate is relative, as the temperature of sugarcane fields is still higher than that of the natural vegetation of the Cerrado.

April 22, 2011